Junior athletes bid for McCain’s glory

Outstanding: Aiden Davies won a national bronze against competitors a year older
Outstanding: Aiden Davies won a national bronze against competitors a year older
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DONCASTER Athletic Club are hoping to give their rivals a run for their money in tomorrow’s McCain Young Athletes League National Auxiliary final at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium,

The Keepmoat Stadium Club, who are featuring in their first national final, booked their place in the event after finishing fifth at Manchester last month in the North of England final.

Ready for action: Doncaster AC junior members, who will be taking part in tomorrow's McCain Young Athletes League National Auxiliary final.         Pictures: Steve Taylor

Ready for action: Doncaster AC junior members, who will be taking part in tomorrow's McCain Young Athletes League National Auxiliary final. Pictures: Steve Taylor

Among the Doncaster athletes to impress were Annie Mussett (U-13 girls), Rhys Jackson (U-13 boys), Ellie Stothard (U-15 girls), Keiffus Creaser (U-15 boys), Alice Howe (U-17 women), Ashley Langton and Bertie Houghton (U-17 men).

Joining the South Yorkshire club at the recently refurbished stadium, will be Liverpool, who pipped them for fourth spot by just 12 points.

Among the other clubs lining up against Doncaster on the day will be Blackheath & Bromley, City of Stoke, Shaftsbury Barnet Harriers and Swansea Harriers.

Club officials are still hopeful of doing well despite the absence of three of their best performers during the season.

Aiden Davies (U-17 men) will make his international debut for a mixed age group England decathlon team in a Home International at Stoke this weekend.

He finished in third place in the National Combined Events Under-17 Championships at Stoke behind Scotland’s Andrew Murphy and runner-up Aled Price, who pipped him for the silver medal on the final day of the event.

It was an outstanding achievement by the 15 year-old who was a year younger than most of his rivals. He recorded new personal best performances in seven of the ten events.

Nichole Bewley, who is also part of the combined events squad at the club run by her dad Bruce, and Howe, will both be competing in the UK School Games this weekend.